Mme. Le Marchand's How to Tell Fortunes from the Cards Tarot Layout
Excerpted from Le Marchand's Fortune Teller and Dreamer's Dictionary, Madame Le Marchand, 1863.
You let the person who inquires of the cards draw several, say seven or eight or more, if you please, unseen, from a complete pack. These drawn cards the person must press to is breast, brow, and mouth, then shuffle them, and lay them with grave earnestness upon the table, so that they form a cross, as in Fig. 1.